LONDON ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Gael Kakuta of Fulham in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on February 2 2011 in London England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Sky Sports News is reporting that Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta is on the verge of joining Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan deal. This would be pretty good news - for a team with a lot of developing prospects, the loan moves for the kids are almost as important as the big-name players being brought in. Go to the right team and the youngesters get first team experience and boost their development hugely. Pick wrongly and it's several wasted months.
Gael Kakuta's previous loan deal with Fulham was an example of the latter, because the little winger barely got a chance to see the pitch under Mark Hughes. His spell at Craven Cottage was an immense annoyance to those rooting for his to succeed. Contrast that to Danny Sturridge's experience at the Reebok with Owen Coyle and Bolton - Sturridge went from decent-enough impact substitute to Premier League calibre centre forward within a few games.
Given how well Sturridge did with Coyle and his men, I'm totally digging the Kakuta link. Bolton could probably do with a player like Kakuta - tricky and creative - to complement their hard working midfield, and he's a viable alternative to martin Petrov right now. So, high hopes for this one if it does happen. This is a critical phase of Kakuta's career, and if he wants to fulfill his huge potential he'll have to do well. Fortunately, he'll be in a fantastic environment in which to succeed.